Things are already getting weird on the new name, image and likeness rule, as hundreds of millions of dollars are potentially are at stake following a new lawsuit, USA Today reports.
From USA Today: Attorneys acting on behalf of two current college athletes on Monday filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA and the Power Five conferences that could substantially increase the tension – and financial stakes – connected to athletes’ ability to make money off their name, image and likeness. The suit, which seeks to be a class action, not only asks that the NCAA be prevented from having association-wide rules that “restrict the amount of name, image, and likeness compensation available” to athletes but also seeks unspecified damages based on the share of television-rights money and the social media earnings it claims athletes would have received if the NCAA’s current limits on NIL compensation had not existed. This has the potential to put, conservatively, hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. As allowed under federal antitrust law, the suit seeks to cover athletes who played in any of the past four years and carry forward through the date of a final judgment. In addition, if a jury decides to award damages to an antitrust plaintiff, the amount is tripled.”
Texas Longhorns women’s basketball alum Sedona Price in the lawsuit’s plaintiff.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: In show of unity and force, Texas athletes call for changes to address UT’s racial past, future
Austin American-Statesman: A history of ‘The Eyes of Texas’: Song performed at minstrel shows is now part of everyday UT life
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: The Eyes of frustrated players are upon Texas, but the song remains the same
Austin American-Statesman: What’s in a name?: A look at the names on buildings that Texas athletes want changed
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Recruits react to Texas players call for change of building names, ‘Eyes of Texas’
Dallas Morning News: College athletes are speaking out on troublesome campus traditions. It’s time to listen
247Sports: The Stampede: How social changes could alter recruiting
247Sports: The social conscience conversation at Texas just got real
247Sports: Texas Morning Brew: Trust more critical than ever before
247Sports: What Texas can and can’t do when voluntary workouts begins
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WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: Redo your state flag every decade
SBNation: There is reportedly ‘growing concern’ over the NBA’s plan to resume the season
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- The Dallas Morning News reports that recent COVID-19 cases at universities are showing the potential roadblocks the season may be forced to cope with. From the Morning News: “Texas A&M and the rest of the SEC began June 8 with few problems. The Aggies reported “less than five” tests for COVID-19 out of more than 500 tests, athletic director Ross Bjork said. Elsewhere, there were cautionary examples. Houston suspended all voluntary workouts Friday when six symptomatic athletes tested positive for COVID-19. That was accompanied by an increase in positive tests throughout the Houston metropolitan area. Even before voluntary workouts began, Iowa State announced 10 athletes, including two football players, had tested positive – a high number in contrast to most schools. The announcements underscored that the return of football contains potential roadblocks, including what happens if positive COVID-19 tests occur during a game week.”
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbot doesn’t expect stadiums to be filled beyond 50 percent capacity, multiple outlets report. From Sports Illustrated: “The state is in the process of reopening currently after shutting down virtually all public activity over concerns of the spread of the novel coronavirus in March. Abbott met with the state’s [12 FBS] athletic directors ... on Friday, telling them to brace for a financial hit as gate money for games will likely drop. According to Abbott, the only circumstances that would change the current plan would be either a drastic drop in the number of cases in the state or a potential vaccine.”
- Welcome to the fam’, Viggo Lopez, Texas baseball’s latest 2022 commitment.